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Bug 5366 - Broken link option is confusing in preferences
Broken link option is confusing in preferences
Status: RESOLVED INVALID
Product: MediaWiki
Classification: Unclassified
User preferences (Other open bugs)
1.6.x
Macintosh All
: Low trivial with 1 vote (vote)
: ---
Assigned To: Nobody - You can work on this!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:...
:
: 15875 (view as bug list)
Depends on:
Blocks:
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Reported: 2006-03-27 01:24 UTC by alerante
Modified: 2013-06-18 14:40 UTC (History)
5 users (show)

See Also:
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Mobile Platform: ---
Assignee Huggle Beta Tester: ---


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Description alerante 2006-03-27 01:24:50 UTC
Apparently, broken link formatting handling was moved completely into CSS in 1.6 (includes/Skin.php), 
which causes one minor issue on the user preferences page. If the "Format broken links like this 
(alternative: like this?)." option is switched off, the first "like this", which should continue to be red 
without a question mark afterward, turns into "like this?" with normal text and a red question mark.
Comment 1 omniplex 2006-04-14 09:12:54 UTC
For browsers without CSS support this preference is
really confusing, because it has no effect at all no
matter what the user tries (apparently there's no
skin with a solution for legacy / text browsers)
Comment 2 alerante 2008-04-26 22:10:52 UTC
Bug is still present in 1.13-alpha on enwiki. Omniplex also has
a good point -- the preference should probably indicate "(requires
CSS support)" or something similar.
Comment 3 Aaron Schulz 2009-01-02 10:46:18 UTC
(In reply to comment #0)
> Apparently, broken link formatting handling was moved completely into CSS in
> 1.6 (includes/Skin.php), 
> which causes one minor issue on the user preferences page. If the "Format
> broken links like this 
> (alternative: like this?)." option is switched off, the first "like this",
> which should continue to be red 
> without a question mark afterward, turns into "like this?" with normal text and
> a red question mark.
> 

I can reproduce this.

As for needing CSS support, this is pretty basic and standard. Most pages on the web I've seen look broken or ugly without it.
Comment 4 Aaron Schulz 2009-01-02 10:48:30 UTC
*** Bug 15875 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 5 Marcin Cieślak 2009-02-02 02:05:18 UTC
I wouldn't agree, that websites look ugly without CSS.

Actually w3m is a very fast and convenient browser to do most of my work on the Wikipedia, but it has no CSS support, too.

I suppose that users of CSS-enabled browsers do not really need this preference.

There are two solutions:

1) we go back to non-CSS handling of this feature (who needs this otherwise?)
2) one of the skins will handle it in text (for example simple or standard)

What do you think?
Comment 6 Dan Jacobson 2009-02-02 02:36:57 UTC
At least temporarily mark the item in the menus with "(CSS)" so we w3m-emacs etc. users could know that there was something funny going on for this item.
Comment 7 db [inactive,noenotif] 2012-10-27 18:16:28 UTC
preference was removed with bug 27619

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